The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of the species. CITESestablishes the legal framework and procedures for the regulation of trade in over 38 000 species of animals and plants, including their parts and derivatives, to ensure that this trade is legal, sustainable, and traceable. The full list of animals and plants covered by CITES are listed in CITES Appendix I, II & III.
When any CITES-listed animal or plant move across national borders between countries, it must be accompanied by a valid CITES permit or certificate. Wildlife traffickers often resort to fake documents to disguise their illegal activities. More information about CITES permits and certificates can be found in CITES Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP18) on Permits and certificates, which includes samples of these documents in its Annexes.
For more information, visit the CITES website here: https://cites.org/eng